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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Oregon

21 Schools Ranked
$39,182 Average Earnings
$29,146 Avg Student Debt

It's not easy to decide which nursing program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools and bootcamp that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Best Nursing Schools in Oregon to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 21 schools in Oregon to see which ones offered the best programs for nursing students.

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Top Nursing Schools in Oregon

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180 Total Awards
$79,300 Average Earnings
$21,383 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Linfield College - School of Nursing the best school in Oregon for nursing students working on their degree. Located in Portland, Oregon, the very small private not-for-profit school handed out 180 degrees in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from Linfield Nursing accumulate an average of $21,383 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $244, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Linfield Nursing graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $79,300 during the early year of their career.

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133 Total Awards
$54,933 Average Earnings
$28,789 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Oregon. Located in McMinnville, Oregon, the very small private not-for-profit school handed out 133 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $28,789 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $268.After graduating from Linfield OCE, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $54,933 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Columbia Gorge Community College

The Dalles, Oregon
271 Total Awards
$32,400 Average Earnings
$17,797 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Columbia Gorge Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Oregon list. Columbia Gorge Community College is located in The Dalles, Oregon and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 271 degrees to qualified students.

Degree recipients from Columbia Gorge Community College accumulate an average of $17,797 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $154 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Columbia Gorge Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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1,063 Total Awards
$90,162 Average Earnings
$114,817 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Oregon Health & Science University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Nursing Schools in Oregon list. Located in Portland, Oregon, the small public school awarded 1,063 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $114,817 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $1,278.After graduating from OHSU, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $90,162 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Institute of Technology

Salem, Oregon
238 Total Awards
$31,300 Average Earnings
$7,003 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Oregon. Located in Salem, Oregon, the very small private for-profit school awarded 238 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from Institute of Technology accumulate an average of $7,003 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $66 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Institute of Technology graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $31,300 during the early year of their career.

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#6

Sumner College

Portland, Oregon
143 Total Awards
$58,200 Average Earnings
$22,230 Avg Student Debt

Sumner College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #6 on the list. Portland, Oregon is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out degrees to 143 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,230 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $244, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Sumner College graduates make an average of $58,200 annually.

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#7

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon
1,216 Total Awards
$50,212 Average Earnings
$26,230 Avg Student Debt

University of Portland landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. University of Portland is a small private not-for-profit school located in Portland, Oregon that handed out 1,216 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,230 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $260 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from University of Portland, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $50,212 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville, Oregon
542 Total Awards
$30,200 Average Earnings
$20,876 Avg Student Debt

Pioneer Pacific College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #8 on the list. This very small private for-profit school is located in Wilsonville, Oregon, and it awarded 542 degrees in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from Pioneer Pacific College accumulate an average of $20,876 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $187 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Pioneer Pacific College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $30,200 during the early year of their career.

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#9

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon
1,177 Total Awards
$44,481 Average Earnings
$34,336 Avg Student Debt

George Fox University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Oregon list. George Fox University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Newberg, Oregon that handed out 1,177 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $34,336 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $450.After graduating from GFU, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $44,481 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Concordia University - Portland

Portland, Oregon
2,283 Total Awards
$45,606 Average Earnings
$36,045 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Concordia University - Portland did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 2,283 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $36,045 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $423, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Concordia University - Portland graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $45,606 during the early year of their career.

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#11

Concorde Career College-Portland

Portland, Oregon
410 Total Awards
$39,050 Average Earnings
$12,291 Avg Student Debt

Concorde Career College-Portland came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools in Oregon ranking. Concorde Career College-Portland is a very small private for-profit school located in Portland, Oregon that handed out 410 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $12,291 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $138. During the early years of their career, Concorde Career College-Portland graduates make an average of $39,050 annually.

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#12

Oregon Coast Community College

Newport, Oregon
93 Total Awards
$33,743 Average Earnings
$19,573 Avg Student Debt

Oregon Coast Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Oregon Coast Community College is a public institution located in Newport, Oregon. The school has a very small population, and it awarded 93 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $19,573 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $189 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Oregon Coast Community College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $33,743 during the early year of their career.

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#13

Bushnell University

Eugene, Oregon
248 Total Awards
$21,416 Avg Student Debt

Bushnell University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Eugene, Oregon is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out degrees to 248 students in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from Bushnell University accumulate an average of $21,416 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $245 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Linn-Benton Community College

Albany, Oregon
861 Total Awards
$41,100 Average Earnings
$15,145 Avg Student Debt

Linn-Benton Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools in Oregon ranking. Located in Albany, Oregon, the medium-sized public school handed out 861 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $15,145 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $175.After graduating from LBCC, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $41,100 during the early years of their career.

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1,058 Total Awards
$34,980 Average Earnings
$20,959 Avg Student Debt

Central Oregon Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in Bend, Oregon, the small public school handed out 1,058 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $20,959 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $209.After graduating from COCC, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $34,980 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
5,361 Total Awards
$35,614 Average Earnings
$20,854 Avg Student Debt

Portland Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Portland Community College is a large public school situated in Portland, Oregon. It awarded 5,361 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $20,854 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $201, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Portland Community College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $35,614 during the early year of their career.

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#16

Rogue Community College

Grants Pass, Oregon
1,084 Total Awards
$41,375 Average Earnings
$21,917 Avg Student Debt

Rogue Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools in Oregon ranking. Rogue Community College is located in Grants Pass, Oregon and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,084 degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,917 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $203, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Rogue Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $41,375 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Umpqua Community College

Roseburg, Oregon
1,030 Total Awards
$44,250 Average Earnings
$10,778 Avg Student Debt

Umpqua Community College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Umpqua Community College is a small public school located in Roseburg, Oregon that handed out 1,030 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $10,778 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $121. Once they receive their degree, Umpqua Community College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $44,250 during the early year of their career.

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#18

Lane Community College

Eugene, Oregon
2,017 Total Awards
$36,414 Average Earnings
$18,706 Avg Student Debt

Lane Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #18 on the list. Eugene, Oregon is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out degrees to 2,017 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $18,706 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $188. During the early years of their career, Lane Community College graduates make an average of $36,414 annually.

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Chemeketa Community College

Salem, Oregon
1,887 Total Awards
$36,920 Average Earnings
$20,196 Avg Student Debt

Chemeketa Community College landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Chemeketa Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Salem, Oregon. It awarded 1,887 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $20,196 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $206 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Chemeketa Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $36,920 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Mt Hood Community College

Gresham, Oregon
2,500 Total Awards
$34,600 Average Earnings
$14,510 Avg Student Debt

Mt Hood Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in Gresham, Oregon, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,500 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $14,510 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $161. Once they receive their degree, MHCC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $34,600 during the early year of their career.

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795 Total Awards
$32,867 Average Earnings
$14,668 Avg Student Debt

Southwestern Oregon Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best nursing programs. Southwestern Oregon Community College is a small public school located in Coos Bay, Oregon that handed out 795 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,668 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $137 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Southwestern Oregon Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $32,867 during the early years of their career.

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457 Total Awards
$22,300 Average Earnings
$22,362 Avg Student Debt

Treasure Valley Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #23 on the list. This small public school is located in Ontario, Oregon, and it awarded 457 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,362 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $236, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Treasure Valley Community College graduates make an average of $22,300 annually.

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#24

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City, Oregon
1,063 Total Awards
$26,625 Average Earnings
$17,330 Avg Student Debt

Clackamas Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Schools in Oregon ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Oregon City, Oregon, and it awarded 1,063 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,330 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $154. During the early years of their career, Clackamas Community College graduates make an average of $26,625 annually.

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#25

Blue Mountain Community College

Pendleton, Oregon
360 Total Awards
$23,100 Average Earnings
$19,186 Avg Student Debt

Blue Mountain Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Oregon list. This small public school is located in Pendleton, Oregon, and it awarded 360 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $19,186 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $180 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, BMCC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $23,100 during the early year of their career.

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Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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